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Anaesthetist in focus – Jim Watts

We talk to Jim Watts, Consultant in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesia and JAP’s consultant editor.   JAP: As a specialist in anaesthesia, could you tell us more about your


General anaesthesia and normal sleep affect brain in an amazingly similar way as consciousness fades

What happens in the brain when our conscious awareness fades during general anaesthesia and normal sleep? Finnish scientists studied this question with novel experimental designs and functional brain imaging. They


How one pain suppresses the other

The human perception of pain can vary greatly depending on the situation, so it is possible that the same pain stimulus feels more or less painful under different conditions. The


Clowns may help children cope with the pain and anxiety of hospital treatment

Incorporating appropriate laughter and play into clinical practice can be beneficial, say researchers Hospital clowns might help improve physical symptoms and psychological wellbeing in children and adolescents having treatment for


15-16 June 2021, Surgery and Anaesthesia; London

Conference Series invites participants from across the world to attend International Conference on Surgery and Anaesthesia to be held on June 15-16, 2021 in London, which includes keynote presentations, oral


AlzeCure presents positive preclinical efficacy data for the TrkA-NAM pain project

AlzeCure Pharma, a pharmaceutical company that develops a broad portfolio of drug candidates for diseases affecting the central nervous system, with projects in both Alzheimer’s disease and pain, recently announced


Soothing words and music during surgery might reduce postoperative pain

Results could provide a safe, feasible and inexpensive way to reduce postoperative pain and opioid use Listening to soothing words and music during surgery appears to reduce pain levels and


Kids’ TV teaching children wrong lessons about pain

Children engrossed in popular kids’ TV programmes such as Peppa Pig, or films like Toy Story or Frozen, are exposed to up to nine incidents of pain for every hour


Medical students taken on virtual ward visits

Students at Queen Mary University of London have been virtually transported into a surgical ward to follow their lecturer on his ward rounds. The third year medical students sat in


New mechanism of pain control revealed

Researchers in Japan have revealed a previously unknown mechanism for pain control involving a newly identified group of cells in the spinal cord, offering a potential target for enhancing the